The Father Vincent R. Capodanno Council No. 13024 is located at 13968 West Shooting Star Street, Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Arizona.
The Council meets on the third Saturday of each month in the Luke Community Chapel Annex. The Officers Meeting is held from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM with the Council Meeting immediately following at 10:00 AM.
The Council was chartered on September 25, 2001, and works closely with the Luke Catholic Community Parish in Luke Air Force Base providing funds for various projects and by members being active participants in the parish.
The council is named in honor of United States Navy Lieutenant Chaplain, Father Vincent Robert Capodanno. Fr. Capodanno was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the 3d Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon Of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lt. Capodanno left the relative safety of the company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire, directly to the beleaguered platoon.
Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, he moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving medical aid to the wounded. When an exploding mortar round inflicted painful multiple wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. Instead, he directed the corpsmen to help their wounded comrades, and, with calm vigor, continued to move about the battlefield as he provided encouragement by voice and example to the valiant marines.
Upon encountering a wounded corpsman in the direct line of fire of an enemy machine gunner positioned approximately 15 yards away, Lt. Capodanno rushed in a daring attempt to aid and assist the mortally wounded corpsman. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.